Hosea Was Called!

When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of whoredom and have children of whoredom, for the land commits great whoredom by forsaking the Lord.” – Hosea 1:2, ESV What strikes me as in last post is how Biblically educated men can miss this very special call … Continue reading “Hosea Was Called!”

Not Long Ago…

What continues to astound me is how blind some pastors are/were to using the example of Hosea in dealing with adultery. Application moves that they would never do in other places of Scripture, they do in applying this book to  every Christian marriage ravaged by adultery. It is sickening. An example of this short-sighted and destructive … Continue reading “Not Long Ago…”

Adultery Makes Pastors Uncomfortable

Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of the blind; The Lord raises those who are bowed down; The Lord loves the righteous. -Psalm 146:7-8, NKJV Pastors are not marriage therapists. We are pastors. Our area of training … Continue reading “Adultery Makes Pastors Uncomfortable”

Slaying the Fear Giant

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7, NKJV The fear of man brings a snare, But whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe. – Proverbs 29:25, NKJV Are you anxious? Do you worry about what crazy thing … Continue reading “Slaying the Fear Giant”

Grief and Divorce

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. – Romans 12:15, KJV Recently, a tragedy struck a community to which I am connected. A young man died in a car accident while going to work. In response, people are sending card(s), flowers, and prayers to his mother plus the work community directly … Continue reading “Grief and Divorce”

Looking For Marriage Deficiencies Is “Barking Up Wrong Tree!”

People do not despise a thief if he steals     to satisfy his hunger when he is starving. Yet if he is caught, he must pay sevenfold,     though it costs him all the wealth of his house. -Proverbs 6:30-31, NIV These verses about a hungry thief stealing are in the midst of the passage warning the … Continue reading “Looking For Marriage Deficiencies Is “Barking Up Wrong Tree!””

Sometimes You Need A Wake-up Whack!

Wounds from a friend can be trusted,     but an enemy multiplies kisses. -Proverbs 27:6, NIV I was incredibly naive prior to experiencing my first wife’s adultery and abandonment. Very naive! And I am thankful for the friends God put in my path who gave me the proverbial “wake-up whack” when I needed it. While being blunt, … Continue reading “Sometimes You Need A Wake-up Whack!”

If You Feel Forsaken, You Are In Good Company!

And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”). -Mark 15:34, NIV When you feel alone, hurt, and rejected, it is okay to voice these things to God. In fact, you can tell Him directly of … Continue reading “If You Feel Forsaken, You Are In Good Company!”

God of the Unexpected Resurrection

Much of the shock and surprise of Jesus’ resurrection is loss on us now 2,000 years later. Many of us know what happened on Easter as we have been told this story many and many times from childhood. Jesus dies only to be raised from the grave on the third day–i.e. Easter. But for the … Continue reading “God of the Unexpected Resurrection”